Hungover summary

What is it?

Tomatoes aren't normally considered a fruit but are produced in higher quantities than any other fruit. The tomato's high vitamin content contributes to it's place as a top hangover treatment.

What symptoms does it cure?

  • Reduced blood alcohol levels
  • Increases rate alcohol is metabolised
  • Hangover prevention

Where can I get them?

Literally everywhere. We'd recommend trying our specially selected variety though.

Description

Although not intuitively considered as a fruit, tomatoes are produced in larger numbers globally than any other fruit. It is almost impossible to avoid tomatoes as they feature in an impossibly large number of dishes and cuisines.

Given the omnipotence of the common tomato it would be fair to say that we take them for granted in our day to day lives given the vitamins and nutrition they provide us with. Tomatoes are a superb source of vitamins C, B6 and E, dietary fibre and are revered for their anti-oxidant properties. Researchers have found tomato’s impressive anti-oxidant qualities and established a connection with their consumption and increased bone health.

A significant body of scientific research has even gone as far to provide evidence for tomatoes as decreasing the risk of getting certain types of cancer because of their high levels of lycopene. Tomatoes are also good for your heart, skin, hair and any other body part you’d care to mention.

What the Science Says

Hangover Hacks has done some digging through scientific journals to find a couple of studies that have tested tomatoes as effective hangover cures. After observing the reduction in alcohol absorption in rats are eating alanine-fortified tomatoes, a 2016 study by Shunji Oshima and colleagues at the Nippon Medical School in Japan wanted to see if they could replicate the results using human volunteers.

Oshima et al. asked 20 healthy males to drink alcohol and eat a meal then gave them either tomatoes or sugar (as a control) to ingest. Blood, urine and breath samples were taken and, impressively, the authors found breath alcohol concentrations were significantly lower when the participants had eaten tomatoes. In support of this urinary pH levels were also found to be lower when tomatoes were ingested and participants gave subjective feedback that the effects of alcohol consumption had been reduced by eating tomatoes.

The study’s findings provide positive evidence that tomatoes are able to prevent the debilitating effects of a hangover. Further experiments are required to support these findings but Oshima’s results are strong enough for tomatoes to take their place as an advised hangover remedy on the site.

Sources:

Freeman, B. B., & Reimers, K. (2010). Tomato consumption and health: emerging benefits. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, 1559827610387488.

Giovannucci, E. (1999). Tomatoes, tomato-based products, lycopene, and cancer: review of the epidemiologic literature. Journal of the national cancer institute, 91(4), 317-331.

Oshima, S., Shiiya, S., Tokumaru, Y., & Kanda, T. (2016). Alanine-fortified tomatoes relieve the acute alcohol-induced adverse effects in healthy men: a randomized cross-over study. Nutrition & metabolism, 13(1), 25.